LOVE, NOISE, FREEDOM! – 20 Years of Exile on Mainstream


It doesnt seem like 20 years since the Exile on Mainstream label started life, time moves quickly…

In April this year the label will be celebrating its 20th Birthday in fine style at arguably our favourite venue in the world, the magnificent UT Connewitz in Leipzig.

We are very excited to be taking part in the event, we’ll be playing on Thursday April 4 at the nearby chapel, with our friends A WHISPER IN THE NOISE, with whom we played over 10 years ago!

Please come and join us for an amazing 4 days of LOVE, NOISE and FREEDOM!

Best albums 2015

Another year draws to a close. As is now tradition, here is our list of the top, favourite and best albums of 2015…


Linear Labs – Los Angeles
Wilco – Star Wars
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
Metz – II
(Revisited) Kate Bush – Hounds of Love.



The War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream
Brian McBride – The Effective Disconnect
Andy Timmons – The Spoken and Unspoken
Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden
Nils Petter Molvaer – Hamada



King Crimson – Live at the Orpheum.
Wonk Unit – Feel the Wonkness.
Faith No More – Sol Invictus.



Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet and other Distress
Cheer Accident – No Ifs and or Dogs
King Crimson – Live at the Orpheum.
Ubre Blanca – The Sadist EP

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A Cheery Wave – ArcTanGent Festival Special

14 track album

We’re excited to be included on the 7th edition of the ‘A Cheery wave from stranded youngsters’ compilation which is out today! It features some great bands who have appeared at the Arctangent Festival, such as Alright the Captain, Eschar and Lost in the Riots.

The album is available now to download for FREE or name-your-price!

Get the album


VALEUR – Starring Catherine Spencer

Our track ‘The Lonely Robot” has been used on the soundtrack for a new adventure film VALEUR.

From the valeur youtube page:
“VALEUR follows in the footsteps of former Women’s England Rugby Captain Catherine Spencer.Spurred on by her father’s words of “Ordinary people, doing extraordinary things”, Catherine embarked on a new challenge to inspire and empower women globally. Starting in Switzerland, Catherine attempts to climb her first two 4,000+ metre mountains the Breithorn (4,164m) and Allalinhorn (4,027m) in 48hrs as her Endure 6 Challenge in support of The Endure Foundation and its six charity partners Blue Ventures,The David Shepherd Wildlife Trust, Renewable World, Oxfam, O2 Think Big, Walking with the Wounded.”

godspeed you! black emperor new album

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Woah! A new Godspeed album arrived out of the blue (again). Titled “Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress” – it appears to be a recording of the 45 minute ‘track’ they have been playing at live shows for a year or so. This track had a working title of ‘Behemoth’ but it was unclear whether it was a full track or several pieces joined together. Well now we know….

You can stream the album in full at the Guardian site:

Best albums of 2014

Here are some of our favourite albums of 2014 (and before…)

  1. Bjorn Riis – Lullabies in a car crash
  2. Airbag – All rights reserved
  3. A winged victory for the Sullen – Atomos
  4. Low – The invisible way
  5. Marvyn Gaye – What’s going on


  1. Swans – To Be Kind
  2. Dÿse – Das Nation
  3. Bulbul – Hirn Fein Hacken
  4. Philm – Fire From The Evening Sun
  5. Frank – Music And Songs From The Film


  1. A winged victory for the Sullen – Atomos
  2. Aphex Twin – Syro
  3. Arve Henrikson – Places of Worship
  4. John Grant – Pale Green Ghost
  5. Secret Nuclear – decision/coded message (unreleased demo)

DYSE – Das Nation (2014)
Einstürzende Neubauten – LAMENT (2014)
Dave Van Ronk – Folksinger (1963)
Bulbul – Hirn Fein Hacken (2013)
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds -Push the Sky Away (2013)

Matthew Friedberger – “Winter Women and the Holy Ghost Language School” (Reissue, originally released in 2006)
To Rococo Rot – “Instrument”
Songs Ohia – “Electric Magnolia Company” (Released 2003)
Little Mountain – “Little Mountain”
Mogwai – “Rave Tapes”